The first week of the Major League Baseball season has already seen several injuries to key players and fantasy owners are already having to make decisions. Whenever there is a decision to be made, the safe option is usually the right one. In fantasy baseball, smart picks will usually provide the best results. Accumulate the most value and conventional wisdom says your team is better than the rest in your league. But, that line of thinking assumes everything goes mostly according to plan. However, the most likely outcome is not always what happens. Players come out of nowhere to have the best season of the career and on the flip side, players that we all expect to have productive seasons end of falling flat. For example, last year many of the experts projected Albert Pujols to have a big year in Anaheim. Instead, Pujols had the worst season of his 13-year career as he played in fewer than 140 games. On the other hand, Chris Davis was always known as a talented first baseman, but in 2013 he lead the majors in home runs with 53. Fantasy owners need to know that researching players is pivotal to winning a league, but there is a lot of luck as well. Take some risks especially early in the season and you may just be the last one standing in October.
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Justin Smoak continued his torrid opening series on Wednesday night in Anaheim as the Mariners completed a three game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Smoak went 2-for-5 on Wednesday night with a home run in an 8-2 victory over the Angels. Smoak collected two hits in each blowout victory (10-3, 8-3, and 8-2) of the three-game sweep. Smoak hit a double, a couple homers and seven RBI. Smoak is a notoriously streaky hitter so fantasy owners that own him need to remember that we're only three games into the season. Even if everything goes south from the rest of the way, Smoak owners will always have memories of the .462 batting average in the opening-series. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.
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